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This is my tea of the morning… yum yum

Steepster is acting weird today and won’t let me add this to my cabinet. Anyway it was an evening of fitful sleep last night (maybe that Kenyan Tinderat last night was a mistake, too much caffeine!) and I felt the need for something strong, yet not too intense this morning. As far as assams go, this is definitely on the more mellow side, with a bright and fruity taste as well as a bit of malt. I’m drinking it this morning with soymilk, it doesn’t really need sugar though you could add some in.

I hope everyone is having a gentle Monday :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Just got back from a camping trip with my sweetie and a bunch of his friends. We were up kind of late and I wanted a cup of tea when I got home, just to revive myself. This is one of 3 teas I got recently at David’s, but I only got 1 oz. of each since I’d never had them before.

My track record with Kenyan teas is not great and this is a CTC tea. Regardless I really wanted to try it in the hopes that I would like it.

Gah! This is very strong. The brew is pretty tannic and bitter, it was really undrinkable for me before I added sugar. After adding sugar, I am getting some malt notes as well as apple notes which are kinda tasty. I steeped this for 5 minutes but next time I will go for 4, or maybe even 3. It really packs a punch! Hopefully I can find a way to enjoy the 1 oz. I have.

Not recommended unless you’re a fan of strong tannic tea…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here, what looks to be a nice broken leaf assam. I have gone through a few tins of this now and have always enjoyed it, especially for the price: $6.25/4 oz.

I also like their organic assam so when this runs out maybe it’s time to re-order both? lol…

This is a nice malty tea that’s good with (soy) milk and sugar. The weather is dreary and foggy again but my sweetie and I are going on an overnight camping trip, which is nice. It will be good to get a change of scenery, i think. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Have a great time!

yyz

Have fun!

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drank Decaf Sakurambo by Lupicia
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This was another iced tea experiment. I had such good luck with the decaf fruit tea from Lupicia that I thought I’d try this iced.

I got this in one of Lupicia’s mystery grab bags. The Sakurambo (both decaf and regular) isn’t my favorite from them. It tastes like a combination of cherry and pine needles. I am rarely in the mood for that, but usually when I start drinking it, I find it grows on me.

This is actually good as an iced tea but I think my preference is having it as a hot tea. It might be better with food because the pine needle flavor is pretty strong!

Dustin

I never noticed a pine taste! I’ll have to look for that next time I have a cup!

TeaBrat

Really? to me the pine seems so strong! Am I imagining things?

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drank Long Jing by Min River Tea
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I’m continuing on with my Long Jing theme for this afternoon. I was grateful to have these samples sent to me by Min River, because I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my stash currently, mostly just Japanese ones.

This is a lovely dragonwell. The tea liquor brews up to be very light and it’s quite aromatic. I get a lot of nutty flavor from this, as well as some sweetness… but also salty in the finish. It reminds me a bit of green beans with salt. I wish I had some more but alas… this was the last of the 2 sample packs I got.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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This afternoon’s tea and a sipdown. Here’s another tea I never put in my virtual Steepster “cupboard” so something tells me I have more tea than what’s listed in there. I should try to get more organized perhaps?

It’s been a while since I’ve had this. The strawberry notes smell lovely here. My cup seems very refreshing, almost effervescent, perhaps because of the ginger. I’m feeling a bit under the weather this afternoon, but I think this will perk me right up. So many tasty blends from Butiki…

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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I wanted to try this as a cold brew and I’m so glad I did!

It’s been in the fridge for 12+ hours and I tried it this morning, very lemony, sweet and the pastry notes even come out. It’s insanely refreshing and tasty, doesn’t need sugar at all due to the natural sweetness of the white tea. I might be drinking this cold from now on. Yum yum!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Stephanie

awesome!

Cheri

sounds really good. I need to try it that way.

TeaBrat

Cheri, yes you do! :)

Cheri

I’ll try to do it this weekend.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning here. I have had this for sooo long and I know I could just throw it away but it still tastes fine, I’m just sick of it. I should make it a goal to finish this off by the end of next month! This morning I decided I would add some cardamom to it, it’s actually pretty good that way (if you like cardamom).

I hope everyone is having a nice Friday so far!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dustin

Don’t torture yourself with mediocre tea! Put it in a “go away” pile and put it in a traveling tea box or something if you don’t want to toss it. :)

TeaBrat

yeah I actually do get rid of stuff I absolutely hate…. I don’t mind this all that much.

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Tea of the afternoon here. I haven’t seen this tea for a while and finally found it in my tea cupboard but there wasn’t that much of it, so this is also a SIPDOWN….

I’ve hardly been buying any tea, I still feel like I have more than enough to last me a year or longer! So maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to stock up when I actually had money although the danger with greener teas is that they will go stale before you’ve had the chance to drink them.

Anyhoo, if you’re looking for a chocolate dessert tea you could do a lot worse than this one. It definitely has a chocolate and caramel flavor, though adding a teaspoon of sugar really beings it out. I’m definitely enjoying it this afternoon, not sure it will be a restock however. I have a few favorites from S&V I’m itching to buy again but this isn’t one of them… tasty tho’

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Rhubarb & Strawberry by Lupicia
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This is one of the first teas I tried from Lupicia and still one of my favorites. Another tea that I seem to like more than other people do, but that’s ok. :)

I really like the tart rhubarb mixed with strawberry and rose petals. This smells so good in the cup sitting next to me. I am drinking it with a little soymilk and coconut sugar, but it’s still good without sweetener in my opinion. It is tart but without hibiscus, I believe. Not sure how they managed to do that.

I’m trying to rally to make it out to a networking event, I hate these things but I feel like I should go! At least this one is at a bar so it should be easy to chit chat with people over a drink. I should find some tea networking events. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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